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19 May 2016

IDC Innovators for the 2016 Location-based Smart City Civic Engagement Tools Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 19, 2016 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has published its 2016 IDC Innovators report recognizing pioneering players in the location-based smart city civic engagement tools market. IDC Innovators are companies with under $50 million in revenue that offer an inventive technology and/or groundbreaking new business model.

"Civic engagement tools provide a means by which governments make it easier and quicker to engage with residents and get meaningful feedback. It is a pivotal element to open, transparent, and proactive Smart Cities," said Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director, Smart Cities Strategies at IDC Government Insights.

PlaceSpeak, GovDelivery Interactive Text, and were all named as IDC Innovators in the location-based smart city civic engagement tools market for 2016.

"The vendors chosen for this IDC Innovators document complement one another regarding 3rd Platform capabilities embedded in each of their civic engagement solutions. While some solutions in this document provide geo-located feedback on specific location-based issues, others leverage new ways of communicating in real-time with government, such as texting and crowdsourced policy development," said Alison Brooks, Ph.D., research director, Smart Cities Public Safety Strategies.

PlaceSpeak leverages 3rd Platform technologies to revive and restore public consultation and participatory democracy within Smart Cities and states. GovDelivery Interactive Text provides an interactive mobile texting application that helps citizens easily connect with government; it addresses many of the impractical, technologically archaic, and time-intensive challenges associated with traditional citizen consultation. is a geo-spatially informed consultation platform that allows organizations to conveniently consult with city residents, leveraging hundreds of geographical data sets to visualize project results.

IDC Innovators: Location-based Smart City Civic Engagement Tools 2016 (IDC #US41157416) profiles select companies in the location-based smart city civic engagement tools market with an innovative technology or a groundbreaking new business model or both. The IDC Innovators research document examines companies with revenue of less than $50 million with a product, service or business model with a specific use case.

About IDC Innovator Research

IDC Innovators reports present a set of vendors chosen by an IDC analyst within a specific market that offer an innovative new technology, a groundbreaking approach to an existing issue, and/or an interesting new business model. It is not an exhaustive evaluation of all companies in a segment or a comparative ranking of the companies. IDC INNOVATOR and IDC INNOVATORS are trademarks of International Data Group, Inc.

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Alison Brooks

Ruthbea Clarke

Michael Shirer